Top Chef Canyon - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Top Chef
AKA: Little Middle Baker

Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monument

Technical Canyoneering

          Top Chef is a spectacular and seldom visited technical canyon. The canyon remained hidden for years as the neighboring canyons experienced a rush of popularity. But thanks to some enterprising canyoneers with the desire to explore the unknown this canyons enchanting secrets are now unlocked.

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          Top Chef Canyon is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

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General Information:
          Top Chef is an astonishing canyon tucked into a corner of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The canyon contains many delights for the technical canyoneer. Top Chef Canyon requires complete technical gear. Fall and spring are the preferred seasons to do this route. Summer would be miserable.

          Two options for completing this route are presented. If creating a combo platter with other canyons in the area the route is rated 3B III using the Canyon Rating System. If you intend to do this route in one long day the canyon is rated 3B VI using the Canyon Rating System.

          In normal conditions this canyon has the ability to hold a large amount of water and full wetsuits are required. You will encounter several sections of wading and swimming. The route contains several fun rappels. A GPS is useful and good map reading skills are essential.

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Create Your Own Combo Meal:
          Top Chef Canyon is usually completed in combination with one or more other routes. Neon, Ringtail, Baker and Choprock are all located in the same general vicinity along the Escalante River. The typical combo platter is to backpack down to the Escalante River, set up a base camp, and complete multiple canyons over several days.

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Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all high clearance 2 wheel drive vehicles in normal weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.

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Video:
          Enjoy a short video from Top Chef Canyon.

 

 


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